Floral fads may ebb and flow, but the rose’s appeal remains constant. In home decor, roses long have been a favorite motif in wallpaper, lace, chintz and soft silk furnishings such as curtains, bedding and carpet. The versatile rose can impart old-fashioned charm, cosmopolitan elegance and even sexy chic.
English drawing rooms were rife with rose patterns throughout the Victorian era, and the shabby chic heyday of the 1990s saw rooms decorated with faded country roses.
While the rose is at home in traditional spaces, there is an architectural quality to its petaled form that fits well with modern decor, too.
Lindsey Harris of Ann Arbor, Mich., photographs roses against white backgrounds, creating striking, sometimes quirky botanical portraits. Harris arranges rows of blooms in candy hues of cherry, lemon and bubble gum pink, printed on 8-by-10-inch frame-able paper (www.etsy.com/shop/APeacefulLeaf).
Artist Kathleen Finlay’s Agnaryd rose photoprint is available in poster format at Amazon.com.
Decorative garden goods retailer Terrain offers watercolor prints, reproduced by the Los Angeles arthouse Natural Curiosities, of rose patterns created for hankies and pocket squares in the 19th century by French silk manufacturer Brunet-LeCompte (www.shopterrain.com).
A modern triptych of Paulownia wood panels with hand-carved gray and white roses are at www.Christine BurkeInteriors.com.
Thomas Paul applies his edgy sensibility to an illustrated version at www.all modern.com.
Check out a collection of rose-patterned wallpaper from Target that’s not offered in stores (www.target.com). At www.wayfair.com, there’s an Old World rose-print wallcovering.
Cafe Press has a wall clock emblazoned with a purple rose image (www.cafepress.com).